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14 Full House and The Golden Age Outreach By Paul Huse and By Rick Renner Shining the spotlight on two Hand of Hope supported outreaches in Russia.

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20 A Husband’s Journey of Grief By Charles Nieman

24 A Special Grace for Every Case By Joyce Meyer Learn how to get through even the most difficult situations.

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New Year Traditions ‘Round the World In Spain, eating a dozen grapes on New Year’s Day symbolizes hopes for the months ahead. Ring-shaped cakes and pastries signify that the year has come full circle in the Netherlands, Mexico, Greece and other countries. The Chinese were the first to ring in the New Year with fireworks.

For helpful tips and encouragement to keep your momentum strong, see Good Stuff – New Year, New You! PAGE 30

Also, according to history.com, nearly half of the American population makes New Year’s resolutions. About 75% keep their vows one to two weeks; 64% approximately one month; and about half make it six months.

3...2...1... Happy New Year! While 44% of American adults plant a kiss on someone at the stroke of midnight, 22% admit to falling asleep before 12, but...61% percent of Americans ring in the New Year with prayer!

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JOYCE MEYER is one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers and travels the country and the world conducting conferences. She has written 100 inspirational books and her Enjoying Everyday Life® radio and television programs are broadcast all over the world.

DAVE MEYER is Joyce’s husband and Vice President of Joyce Meyer Ministries. His passion is to share about this country’s rich Christian heritage and motivate people to get involved by praying, learning about the issues, and taking action.

RICK RENNER is a gifted Bible teacher and author of more than 30 books. He pastors the Moscow Good News Church and oversees numerous outreaches, including the first Christian television network in that region.

CHARLES NIEMAN is pastor of Abundant Living Faith Center, in El Paso, Texas. He shares about his journey of grief after losing his beloved wife, Rochelle, in 2012.

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Christmas and New Year are approaching, I’m reminded of one of the best gifts I’ve received: the beauty of my redeemed, restored and repurposed life in place of the ashes of anger and pain that were once there.

Many of you know my story. I was physically, sexually and emotionally abused by my father from a very young age. Those years of abuse, and a very rocky and eventually failed first marriage, left me a single mother, alone, angry, cynical and quite difficult to get along with.

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We are so grateful to YOU, our friends and partners, because it’s your support that helps turn the ashes of emotional, natural, physical and spiritual chaos into the beauty of peaceful hearts and minds, rebuilt homes and communities, and a sense of being loved.

changed our lives forever and allows us the privilege of doing what we do here at Joyce Meyer Ministries!

And most of all, we’re grateful to God for the wonderful gift of His love and grace that

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Dave and I both also want others to discover how to trade their ashes for the beauty of life in Christ. We love helping make people’s lives better practically and spiritually. So, whether it’s through our Hand of Hope outreaches or our conferences, television or radio broadcasts, Sharing Christ and Loving People is what we’re all about.

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Then I met a smart, strong and stable man named Dave Meyer. Dave had prayed for God to send him someone who needed help. Well, he got me. I needed a lot of help, and Dave did help me… simply by being himself. The strength, stability and peace that I witnessed in his life over time inspired me to seek whatever it was that made him that way. And so, God’s grace began to restore a life that was in a heap of ashes, ultimately giving me the beautiful life that I love and enjoy today.


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HOPE IN DIFFICULT TIMES

This week, Joyce teaches about the importance of being bold and confident in Christ. The world needs Christ, and we can be people God uses to reach out to others and point them to Christ. Learn how to be light in the darkness.

This week, Joyce shares some life lessons God taught her and how they’ve transformed her life. See how you can get from your test to your testimony and enjoy the journey while you’re getting there.

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We all get hurt sometimes. The good news is we don’t have to take offense when it happens.

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The truth is, there’s nothing you could ever do to make God stop loving you.

DEC 22 - 28 PERFORMANCE MENTALITY

God doesn’t love you based on your performance. Learn how to have more of His amazing, unconditional love in your life.

D EC 29 — JAN 5 GRACE, GRACE AND MORE GRACE

Andy Stanley joins Joyce in the studio to discuss how God’s grace can change our lives.

JAN 1 2 — 1 8 HINDRANCES TO PRAYER

Learn how to get rid of distractions and communicate more closely with your heavenly Father.

JAN 1 9 - 25 POWER THOUGHTS Watch as Joyce shows you how to apply the life-giving Word of God to everyday situations by thinking on purpose.

JAN 26 - F EB 1 HOW TO BE GODLY IN AN UNGODLY WORLD Tune in as Joyce shares practical ways to help you live God’s Word out loud everywhere you go.

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Join Joyce, as she shares powerful insight about the Holy Spirit. She’ll explain how the Holy Spirit can be more active in our lives when we let Him.

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On Monday and Tuesday, Joyce shares how trusting God leads to peace. Wednesday and Thursday, discover the power found in contentment and satisfaction. And Friday, Joyce answers viewer questions.

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The enemy tries to deceive us into Renewing our mind thinking God is mad is a process. Monday at us. Watch Joyce, and Tuesday, Joyce Monday -Thursday, teaches about as she shows how keeping a positive accepting God’s attitude during the unconditional process. Wednesday, love and mercy she shows how our will transform our attitudes affect our actions. Thursday and relationship with Him. And Friday, Friday, she discusses learn how we can the importance of being led by the Spirit. overcome insecurity.

Monday, Charles Nieman joins Joyce to share his story of overcoming loss. Tuesday, Joyce and Reinhard Bonnke share the salvation message. Wednesday, Joyce and Ginger discuss “Immanuel.” Thursday and Friday, learn how God’s grace can get you through difficult situations.

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Speaking words of faith encourages and empowers those around you. Join Joyce Monday– Wednesday as she teaches about the power of words. Tune in on Thursday and Friday as Joyce talks about the six things we should say on purpose.

There’s power in God’s Word, and we can have it when we renew our minds to think like He thinks. Watch this week as Joyce gives strategies for transforming your life by winning the battle in your mind.

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NOT ONE MORE NIGHT WITH THE FROGS

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In Exodus 8, Moses demanded that Pharaoh let his people go, but Pharaoh refused. So God sent plagues, one after another. One of the plagues was frogs. Frogs were everywhere: in the rivers, in people’s houses, in their beds, even frogs in the dough people used to make bread.

And when Pharaoh finally said, “I get it,” and agreed to release the Israelites, Moses asked, “When would you like to be rid of the frogs?” Pharaoh answered, “Tomorrow.” Now, why would anyone want to spend one more night with frogs?!

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abused by your dad, a relative or a neighbor. If that’s the case, I have good news for you: Jesus can heal you everywhere you hurt! And through a personal relationship with Him, you have the privilege of speaking the name of Jesus and believing in the power of God to completely heal you and make you just as if it never happened to you. But there are things you must do in order for the Holy Spirit to complete the work He began in you when you accepted Christ as your Savior.

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Like the plague of frogs making the Egyptians miserable, there can be things in our lives—selfpity, anger, bitterness, depression—that we carry around with us everywhere we go, making us miserable.

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ARE THERE “FROGS” IN YOUR LIFE?


THE POWER OF CONFESSION

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One of the first things we need to do is admit when we need help. Don’t be afraid to go to God and say, “I want to live in truth. Open my eyes where I’m deceived and teach me truth.” We can be real with God. Like David, in Psalm 109:22, we can confess, “I am poor and needy and my heart is wounded,” and He will hear our cry. Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. (James 5:16)

afraid someone will fi nd out. But secrets buried alive never die—they just keep eating at us. It may be hard to tell someone what you are going through, but God loves you and He wants to heal and restore your life. He will help you when you come to Him honestly, humble yourself before Him and tell Him, “I love You, Lord, and I appreciate my salvation, but I’m a mess! I need Your help.”

DON’T PLAY THE BLAME GAME Very often when we’re hurting, we blame someone else

YOU CAN’T UNDO WHAT PEOPLE DID TO YOU OR THE MISTAKES FROM YOUR PAST, BUT

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Sometimes it’s good to talk to somebody and get things out in the open. I was in my twenties before I told anyone what had happened to me. Why? I was afraid of what people would think of me. I was afraid my mom and dad would fi nd out if I told somebody. Satan wants us living in fear, to ruin our lives and make us

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DON’T PUT IT OFF “Tomorrow” is one of the most dangerous words in our English language. You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to forgive the people who hurt you, or to stop saying it’s too hard, it’s too much, it’s

TURN YOUR MESS INTO YOUR MESSAGE Isaiah 61:1 and 3 says Jesus came to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes of those who are bound… to give them… , the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit….

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If you feel like your life is a fragmented mess, let Jesus gather up the pieces. Hand over your ashes. Your pain will become somebody else’s gain, your mess will become your message and what you have walked through will become somebody else’s miracle.

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God wants to give you beauty. But first you must surrender your ashes. Ask Him to help you. He did it for me, and I know He will do it for you. Don’t spend one more night with the frogs!

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It was so wonderful to discover there was a promise in the Bible to cover every single one of my hurts. And this is true for you, too. It will take time and diligence, study and prayer to walk out this healing that’s yours through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but you can do all things you need to do with the Holy Spirit’s help (see Philippians 4:13).

It’s so important to understand that the most important moment in your life is RIGHT NOW. It’s the only one you know for sure you have. You can’t undo what people did to you or the mistakes from your past, but you can make a decision today that you won’t spend one more day with the frogs. Press in to your relationship with God and get beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, praise for heaviness.

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But I want to encourage you not to blame someone else for your problems. Maybe what happened to you is not your fault, but it doesn’t have to be an excuse to stay unhealthy. It was a life-changing revelation for me when I found out I had such a mess in my soul because of things that happened in my past. When I left home at 18, I thought I was leaving my problems behind me. But the truth is, I had a lot of wounds in my soul that went with me, and until I faced them and received God’s healing, I was going to be a mess.

not fair… Instead, you can decide: This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad!

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instead of taking responsibility for our happiness. Unhappy people want to make other people unhappy. Satan wants for someone to hurt us, then for us to be angry and bitter, spend our lives feeling sorry for ourselves and then turn around and hurt someone else so they can do the same thing to someone else. And it can go on like that from generation to generation.


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Sleeping with the Frogs

Joyce teaches that our problem attitudes can be like a plague of frogs, permeating every corner and aspect of our lives. Problem attitudes can include: fear, bitterness, blame, resentment, unforgiveness, and jealousy. Which of these do you identify with? What other negative thoughts and emotions are weighing down your soul?

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go back to Pharaoh and announce to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so they can worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs across your entire land…They will come up out of the river and into your palace, even into your bedroom and onto your bed!...They will even jump into your ovens and your kneading bowls….’” –Exodus 8:1-3 NLT

Feeding on Our Ashes God wants to give us beauty for our ashes, but sometimes we hang on to them. Have you been reluctant to surrender your ashes—sifting again and again through the pain and failures of the past? If so, what motivates you to do this? How has it hurt you?

“If you want to have the beautiful life Christ wants you to have, you can’t dwell on all the junk that everyone’s done to you your whole life.” --Joyce Read: Isaiah 44:19-20 Verse 20 talks about the deluded fool who feeds on ashes. How does dwelling incessantly on past hurts and injustices delude us?

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Read: Exodus 8:9-10 Moses asked Pharaoh when he wanted to be rid of all the frogs that had descended on Egypt. Pharaoh answered, “Tomorrow.” In terms of the symbolic frogs that plague our lives, why do we delay decisions that could bring us relief?

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According to verse 19, what mental shift can help you see truth more clearly?

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Trusting God Day by Day

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Starting Your Day Right

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The Confident Woman Devotional

No matter what your goals are in life or what you’ve achieved so far, the absolute best thing you can ever do is get closer to God. And Joyce’s devotionals will help you get in the daily habit of spending personal time with God. You’ll experience the life-changing power of His Word and encouraging, inspiring messages from Joyce’s heart that will strengthen your faith. Take a step in the right direction and get yours today!

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HOW YOU ARE CHANGING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN IN THE HEART OF MOSCOW, RUSSIA

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Vitya and immediately concluded that he couldn’t be helped—he would never be normal again. The next stop for Vitya was a state-run institution. That’s when the government called Lilit Gorelova…the person they frequently called with impossible cases.

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Sasha and Lilit Gorelova are the directors of House of Mercy, a children’s home located in the heart of Moscow, which cares for those without families or means for survival.

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After discussing Vitya’s deep-seated issues and the long road ahead, Sasha and Lilit made a decision: He would become one of their children.

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What is perhaps even more shocking than Vitya’s condition is the unfortunate reality that this is not the only incident. It’s medically referred to as “Mowgli Syndrome,” deriving its name from the boy who was raised by animals in The Jungle Book. The question the authorities had was, “What do we do with him?”

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It wasn’t easy. After all, Vitya suffered complete culture shock. Learning to eat, walk, talk and even use the restroom like a person was often more than seemed possible. Along the way, he was also diagnosed with autism. Some wonder if this was why he was abandoned in the first place. “We knew that if God would help us, we would be able to help him,” says Lilit. “So we just treated him as a person…then he started to walk and act like a human. It’s a real miracle.” Today, Vitya attends a special school and regularly sees a counselor. He still walks with a slight bend in his knees, but surrounded by his loving family, he continues to make progress. Friends and partners, thanks to you, the “boy who barked” is now the boy who talks, sings, plays and even worships God. He’s the “boy with a future.”

THE HOME IN THE MIDDLE OF MOSCOW Vitya is one of

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For Sasha and Lilit, these aren’t lost and forgotten kids—these are their sons and daughters. They care for them through high school, and then help them apply for college or get started in a career. Most stay until they are 18 or older. Even then, no one ever truly leaves the family. Just ask Alexey Belyakin…

PROMISE OF A LIFETIME At eleven years old, Alexey spent his days collecting bottles and begging for money outside of a fast-food restaurant. He lived out of a vehicle, along with his mother who was unable to provide for the family. Like so many others, Alexey was exposed daily to the wrong crowd and circumstances, turning to alcohol to numb the pain—just one more kid living on the streets. A filthy alleyway is where he first encountered a “strange woman” who spoke of a way for him to have a better life. He didn’t give it much thought. Then, a few weeks later, Alexey jumped at the chance to attend a free event for kids, where he recognized a familiar face…

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at sixteen. Sadly, many girls leave these facilities only to enter a life of prostitution as a means of survival.

Since 2007, Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer “We went to camp and did whitewater Ministries World Missions has partrafting,” Alexey remembers. “Then nered with Rick Renner Ministries in Russia to help support this vital refuge. I understood that it was actually Lilit—the woman in the alley—who organized this for us. She really cared.” Here, Vitya and the others attend local schools, go to church, and study God’s Lilit made him a deal: he could come Word. Lilit also keeps their focus on live with her and Sasha if he promised reaching out to others. The children to go to church. Alexey made good on regularly visit other orphanages his promise. In fact, eight years later, where they hand out gifts and perform this is where we found him—in church. a special drama which they have rehearsed for weeks. At nineteen, Alexey has “graduated” from House of Mercy and now works This is a stark contrast to state-run full time for The Good News Church, orphanages which provide little more than the necessities and “age kids out” an outreach of Rick Renner Ministries.

He now lives on his own, but he returns most every day to check on his family and help out with the children. He believes it’s his turn to give back.

THE ULTIMATE GIFT He’s giving back to younger “brothers and sisters” like Andrey Karanov. As a young child, Andrey was adopted out of a state-run orphanage, only to be returned months later by his adoptive parents. His experience left him traumatized and living in an orphanage’s psychiatric ward. At 16, he would become a ward of the state and get shuffled to another psych unit. Once again, a government official called Lilit to see if they had room for another. They did. Today, Andrey is a sweet, well-adjusted boy who likes to play the piano and lead worship. He says he wants to be a fireman when he grows up. “I want to save people…people’s lives,” he says. “I want to help people the way I was helped.” And the cycle of love goes on. Because House of Mercy is so much more than a children’s home—it’s a family…and a spiritual hospital that rescues and transforms these precious kids into stable, productive, happy young men and women. So, on behalf of Vitya, Alexey, Andrey and all of the others, I say thank you. Thank you for providing a home and a future that’s far beyond what they could have imagined. Thank you for giving them the gift of a changed life. Paul Huse of Joyce Meyer Ministries Media Division, recently travelled to Russia to report on Hand of Hope outreaches.

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hortly after my wife, Denise, and I and our family moved to Moscow from Riga, Latvia, in August 2000, the Lord put a love in my heart for the “golden” generation of this vast city. There are more than 4,500,000 senior citizens in Moscow alone, many of whom served the government in some capacity during the old Soviet era. Of course, I don’t support Communism, but I love this elderly generation, including the old Communists!


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After the war, it was this segment of the population that rolled up their sleeves to rebuild roads, highways, and entire cities that had been devastated, including many apartments, hospitals, and public buildings that are still standing in this immense region today. When Communism fell, their world also fell apart. Almost overnight—in a matter of just three days’ time—these men and women found themselves in a new world they didn’t see coming and certainly weren’t prepared for. Everything they’d given their lives to build suddenly vanished from before

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It’s amazing to see how former Communists who’d lost everything have regained purpose and are using their golden years to serve Jesus by serving others.”

Approximately 5,000 senior citizens showed up at our first concert! As they exited the hall afterward, we gave them each a small bag containing groceries and personal items that were difficult for most of them to obtain on their meager pensions.

To illustrate to you how God has continued to bless this phenomenal outreach, in our second year in 2005, 8,000 pensioners attended our Golden Stars concert, and in 2006, more than 16,000 attended the program. It was the largest single event for the elderly held in the city of Moscow since the collapse of Communism! The monthly Vitamin Club meetings evolved into Golden Age, a weekly church service, and the third tier of God’s plan to reach these elderly men and women. Today we hold two Monday services that are attended by up to 1,000 seniors each week. Our auditorium can’t accommodate everyone who desires to attend, so they come to church on a rotating basis, and we minister the Word of God to approximately 4,000 of Moscow’s elderly every month. It’s amazing to see how former Communists who’d lost everything have regained purpose and are using

IF YOU’D LIKE TO HEAR MORE about how this outreach began and continues today, you can go to www.renner.org/what-we-do/vitamin-club-golden-age and watch a special video Rick made specifically to share what the Lord has done through this amazing “last-chance” ministry to the elderly.

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began working on the first tier of the plan, and within a year’s time, we held our first Golden Stars concert event. We contacted the most famous stars of the Soviet era—performers that represented these pensioners’ “golden times” of the past—and invited them to join us in hosting a benefit concert for the elderly. We worked with Moscow’s local government to let thousands of registered pensioners know about this event.

We’re so grateful to God for making this outreach successful, and thankful for our partnership with Joyce Meyer Ministries, because this support helps make it all possible. As a friend and partner of Joyce Meyer Ministries, you are bringing the love of Christ to the older generation of Russia, enriching their lives and making their latter days truly golden!

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their golden years to serve Jesus by serving others. Even at such a late stage in life, these pensioners are becoming strong, vital members of the Body of Christ.

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I was riveted that day in 2003 as I watched this street demonstration from our apartment window. Suddenly I felt compelled to join these elderly citizens as they marched carrying their signs and banners. I hurried downstairs and onto the street, where I quickly fell in among this parade of lost souls. As I walked, the Holy Spirit literally downloaded into my heart a three-tiered strategy to reach this all-but-forgotten segment of our city’s population.

We also gave them a Bible and an invitation to join us again for what we called Vitamin Club, the name the Holy Spirit had given me for the second tier of our outreach to these precious souls. At Vitamin Club, they would receive a free bottle of vitamins each month to supplement their diets, which are often not as healthy as they’d like due to their reduced incomes. They would also enjoy a program designed just for them, receive personal items they otherwise couldn’t afford, such as lotion and pain-relief balms, and hear the good news—perhaps for the first time in their lives—that Jesus loves them and still has a plan for their lives.

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One week later, on December 30, Rochelle died. The last sentence she spoke before she slipped away was, “I’m going to get better.” She didn’t want to go. She still had so much she wanted to accomplish. But she died in faith.

STRENGTH NOT MY OWN One night I was crying in my room, feeling that I wasn’t up to this, that I didn’t have the strength. And Jesus impressed upon me that I didn’t have to do it in my own strength. “I am the resurrection and the life,” He said. I didn’t have to be strong. He would lift me up.

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Then, in what was a pivotal moment for me, I began to pray, Father whatever happens here, I’m never going to ask you why, because this is between you and her. You will have to explain it to her, not me.

The day after Rochelle died was New Year’s Eve. I chose to preach at all four New Year’s Eve services. I felt like I had to get back in the house of God as soon as possible. Being with my congregation gave me comfort and strength.

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Rochelle’s illness was emotionally and spiritually draining on me and our kids, but we never gave up hope. On December 23, 2012, we were at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Rochelle was not doing well. Our family was staying in a hotel next to the hospital. I had settled in my mind that we would spend Christmas there. I took a moment to sit down on the sky bridge connecting the hotel to the hospital, feeling overwhelmed and at the end of myself. I had seen people collapse and lose their faith during such trials. I didn’t want that to happen to me. I was exhausted—but you can’t call “time out” when so many people are counting on you.

life means death isn’t the end. It’s simply part of the process of life. In Psalm 131:1, David said, “I don’t concern myself with things too wonderful for me.” He accepted what He didn’t understand. Jesus certainly didn’t ask why He had to suffer and die. Looking back on it, my decision not to ask, “Why?” steered me away from a life of bitterness and opened me up to the future. I realize God loaned Rochelle to me as my wife. If I had stayed in a place of asking why, I would still be locked in the past. Instead, I am moving forward in my faith.

Rochelle may have left me, but Jesus did not. We have to realize it’s not people who hold us up and keep us going, but Jesus. He is the life that satisfies.

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The rescue team tried everything they could to save her life while en route to the nearest hospital. Just minutes later, another call came from our son saying, “We couldn’t save her. We’ve lost her. Josie is with Jesus.”

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WHEN LIFE IS GOOD and all is going well, it’s easy to have a thankful heart. That’s how I felt at work one day until I answered the phone and listened to my husband telling me that our 16-monthold granddaughter, Josie, had been accidentally run over by a car. My immediate reaction was, This can’t be real. Thoughts and questions raced through my mind, but there were no answers. Not yet, anyway.

I’ve lost loved ones before and while it’s never easy, this was especially difficult. Losing Josie broke my heart more deeply than I had ever experienced before. I cried out to God, asking Him to help me and my husband, our son and daughter-in-law and their three children, and the rest of our family get through this difficult time. There are other types of loss that may not be as devastating, but nonetheless, cause our hearts to grieve on some level. Four months after Josie died, our oldest son who lived nearby announced that he’d accepted a new job out of state. While I was happy for him, I also realized I would be experiencing another loss—the loss of precious family time with a son and daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.

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It didn’t take long for a strange quietness to settle in, followed by loneliness and an emptiness that I had never felt before. I knew I couldn’t dwell on those feelings but they came like dark storm clouds that hung around in my mind. I prayed, asking God for peace, comfort and things to do that would help me fill the lonely times, and He reminded me of 2 Corinthians 1:3-4:

During the party, I discovered that most of the children didn’t have grandparents living nearby, so they didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy cookie-baking time together. I was excited and very touched that the parents thought we should make our cookie party an annual event.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (NIV).

It’s been nearly two years since we lost our granddaughter Josie, and I will always remember her. I still miss having my grandkids nearby. (I travel to be with them on weekends when I can.) But God’s grace and healing power is amazing. He heals our lonely and grieving hearts and fills us with love and joy in ways that we least expect.

Yes, I had needed time to grieve. But now, although there were still feelings of loss to process, God was urging me to stop dwelling on my loss and instead, reach out to others, even when I didn’t feel like it.

I had no idea hosting a cookie party would bring healing to my broken heart. Really, it wasn’t the cookies or the kids, but “the God of all comfort” filling the emptiness in my heart with joy while reaching out to others. And yes, there will be another cookie party! Sandy Buendorf has served in the Media division for fifteen years at Joyce Meyer Ministries.

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I prayed for Him to fill the emptiness in my heart— especially with holiday season coming—and He showed me a great opportunity to bless others.

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I’d often listened to my coworkers share stories about the woes of child rearing and how busy their lives were, and I suddenly found myself wanting to reach out to them as I would my own family.

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With the holiday season just ahead, having a Christmas cookie party for small kids and their parents seemed like a great idea, plus it would help me overcome the emptiness I was feeling inside. As I started planning, I became inspired by cookie ideas and found the quiet, empty times filled with excitement while baking cookies for the party.

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How to Receive More of the Grace You Need Each Day BY JOYCE MEYER

When I found out that God’s grace gave me the power to enjoy my life no matter what was happening, that was life-changing for me. I realized that His grace is jaw-dropping amazing! God not only saves us, He gives us everything we need to stay positive and be a positive influence in the world.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND that it takes more than a weekly trip to church to have victory during difficult times in our lives. We need to know how to stay plugged in to our power source. And what that means is, we need to keep feeding ourselves the Word of God. Instead of just singing, “Jesus, You’re the center of it all,” at church on Sunday, we need to make Him the center of it all. That’s when we will find the power to stay in victory. But God’s not going to push His grace on you or make you receive it. He loves you and wants to help you, but He also wants you to come to Him and ask for His help, because apart from Him, we can do nothing (see John 15:5).

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For a long time, I thought I was a “special case” because my father abused me. So when God asked me to overcome that by forgiving him and taking good care of him in his old age, I thought: I just can’t do this, God. It’s too hard. And it really did

Even though it may feel impossible to go through, God has enough grace for your situation too.

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I have a soft spot for people who feel that way, because I know exactly what it’s like.

seem impossible at the time. But I found out that God had enough grace to help me do it.

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any people are going through life frustrated—not just because they’re in challenging circumstances, but because they can’t seem to tap in to the joy and peace that the Bible says they can have. No matter how hard they try, it’s hard to keep a positive attitude.

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Discover the untapped grace that’s available to you, and start doing more of what God says you can do.

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It really is amazing.

Paul teaches us in Romans 7:24-25 that God gives us victory over our selfish nature, saying, Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death? O thank God! [He will!] through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One) our Lord!

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First Peter 5:10 says, And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be....

WHY CAN’T HE JUST DELIVER US from all our problems right now? We may never understand why, but God asks us to go forward in faith, knowing He always has our best interests in mind. During the early years of my ministry, I tried so hard to make my ministry grow and nothing worked. Everything was “little” for a long time. And then when God’s timing finally arrived, all of a sudden I was getting invited to speak everywhere. The good news is I didn’t give up. And I truly believe my greatest testimony is, “I’m still here.”

BE DETERMINED TO NEVER GIVE UP on God and His plan for your life. A lot of people give up on themselves, the people in their life, their dreams and even on God. Anybody can do that. But it takes the power of the Holy Spirit working in you, and love for God, to stick with Him through the most difficult times in life. Eventually, you will get to your promised land. God’s timing may not be what you would want it to be, but He will always come through. The best part of it is, God will help you do what you need to do with supernatural ease. Whenever you find yourself saying, “God, I can’t do this. It’s just too hard.” Remember to plug in to His power, because God has a special grace for your special case.

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Why Forgive? WHAT GOD WILL DO WHEN YOU’RE WILLING TO “LET IT GO”

Dear Friends,

If you know a little about my story, you probably know about the abuse I went through as a child. But God was able to bring an amazing amount of good out of it. Looking back at what

Now I know that there’s a much more powerful way to live. With God’s help, we can let those negative feelings go. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the willingness to forgive. In fact, learning to forgive quickly and generously is the cornerstone for all emotional health and a powerful key to controlling your emotions.

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For many years, I carried around a heavy burden of anger and unforgiveness. Instead of moving beyond my feelings, I chose to stay locked up in a prison of my own negative emotions, living in a spiritual pity party. And it pains me to think about the number of people who are out there right now doing the very same thing!

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I may not know your story, but if you’re still breathing and in relationships with people, I know that you know what it feels like to be mistreated, disappointed, frustrated and hurt.

That’s why I want to share with you a simple truth from His Word that has been life-changing for me: Forgiveness sets you free.

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If you’ve ever felt this way, you’re not alone. We’ve all felt it. This world is broken—it’s imperfect, flawed and in desperate need of redemption.

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“One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the willingness to forgive.”

Forgiveness spoils the enemy’s plan to destroy your relationships. It disarms the sting of bitterness, invites the peace of God and brings supernatural healing power to your soul. Your hurt, your pain, and your desire to see others pay for what they’ve done to you may make forgiveness seem like a difficult choice to make. But the truth of the matter is, it is harder not to forgive.

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I’m not saying you should let people abuse you. But the Bible says that we need to let God be our vindicator. Forgiveness is simply a choice you make to trust God to be the judge, not you. When you give God control over the situation, it opens the door for the love, power, favor and peace of God to flow in your life! First Peter 3:9 says, Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God—that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].

You can receive this blessing right now—if you’ll do yourself a favor and forgive. Believe it or not, it is possible. I want to help you get there. If you’ll make the choice to live this way, I know your life will never be the same. Asking for help and trusting God to change you is never something to be embarrassed about or ashamed of. This is one of those subjects that all of us face—and will keep facing—throughout our lives. I strongly encourage you not to put off forgiveness any longer. I know it won’t be easy. It takes courage and faith to forgive and to make a fresh start in your life and relationships. But if you’ll ask God, He’ll generously supply everything you need to obey Him. That’s a promise you can stand on. I may not know your story or the pain you’ve been through, but I do know without a doubt that the only way to experience everything God has for you is to forgive. Dave and I have experienced too many of these benefits in our own lives and we want you to experience them as well. Forgiveness is something you may have to do on a daily basis. But I promise you will always be glad you did. We love and care about you,

Dave & Joyce Meyer

LEARN MORE: A full archive of encouraging articles is available for you at joycemeyer.org/everydayanswers. Titles on the topic of relationships include: “How to Embrace God’s Forgiveness” and “Four Steps to Help You Genuinely Forgive.”

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INTERESTING BITS, READER RESPONSES, MILESTONES & MORE

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What does God want for them and so many more? Happy endings!

FIND OUT what He’s done in their lives—and help create even more happy endings at joycemeyer.org/christmas.

Spread Christmas cheer with our homemade pins at pinterest.com/joycemeyermin.

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What Christmas Means for You and Me BY JOYCE MEYER

OR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID A SAVIOUR, WHICH IS CHRIST THE LORD… YE SHALL FIND THE BABE WRAPPED IN SWADDLING CLOTHES, LYING IN A MANGER. — Luke 2:11-12 KJV

Before the world began, Jesus lived in heaven—a far more glorious place than you or I can ever imagine. Yet because you and I needed a Savior, He left paradise and came to earth…as a tiny baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

You and I now know Jesus not as a helpless infant or even a grown-up man, but the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Great I Am. His greatness goes beyond what any one of us can fully comprehend. He is…

Just let that soak in for a moment…

Philippians 2:8-9 says that because Jesus humbled Himself to the extreme, “God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name.”

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Through a personal relationship with Christ, you can know Him intimately as all of these. As you prepare for the Christmas season and begin to celebrate the miracle of His love, I encourage you to ponder the majesty of God and the goodness and power He brings to your life. Having a close, personal relationship with Jesus is truly the greatest gift of all.

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Unwrap peace, joy, hope, love… NEW!

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That night in Bethlehem, our infant Savior was humbly laid on a simple bed of straw. As a boy, He played and studied in the modest household of a carpenter. As a man, Jesus lived His life as a perfect example, enduring every kind of earthly temptation, yet, without sinning—and then humbled Himself to the point of death on a cross so you and I might have eternal life.

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Join Joyce for a few minutes each day to take in a power thought, based on God’s Word, and get filled up with more of the peace, joy, wisdom, and positivity that only He can give. Because it’s true: God’s Word in your heart means God’s power will grow in your life! Power Thoughts Devotional Hardcover by Joyce Meyer $17 $13.60 U.S. Funds Look for it wherever books are sold.

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It’s true: Where the mind goes, the man follows. So what have you been thinking about lately? Are you filling your heart and mind with things that are true, pure, lovely, good, virtuous…?

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New Devotional by Joyce


Joyce Meyer Ministries - Enjoying Everyday Life | December/January 2013/14